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    Inuentaries [Inventaries] de la Descosse Douairiere de France. Catalogues of the Jewels, Dresses, Furniture, Books and Paintings of Mary Queen of Scots 1556-1569. Association copy by The Bannatyne Club(Lady Antonia Fraser)

    Edinburgh: The Bannatyne Club. G : in good condition without dust jacket. Covers lightly marked. Corners bumped. Some pages uncut. 1863. First Edition. Red hardback cloth cover. 280mm x 220mm (11" x 9"). clxviii, 223pp. Folding plate (facsimile letter). Text in French and English. Signed 'Antonia Fraser' on the ffep and with a dedication to her on the fep. In cludes a list of members of the Bannatyne Club. .



    Proverbs / A Commentary on an Ancient Book of Timeless Advice by Alden, Robert L

    Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House Company, 1983 Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House Company, 1983. First Edition. Octavo, cream boards in russet jacket, 222 numbered pages. Presumed association copy, with the signature of John H. Armstrong, dated July 1984, on the ffep - though I have no provenance to this effect, this is in all likelihood the same John H. Armstrong, a former pastor, who has authored a variety of largely evangelical religious books. A fine, pristine book, in a bright, slightly roughened jacket that is better than very good, close to near fine. Bright and tight, certainly the best preserved copy I've seen. Alden's widely admired and much sought-after treatment of the Book of Proverbs, with a foreword by Haddon W. Robinson. L46n



    No Bed of Roses by Fontaine, Joan

    A very fine signed 1st edition copy, unread, slight ageing on the d j,clipped, good binding, nice clean crisp pages on the dedication page book is inscribed "To my cousin Hugh, With roses from all of us..... Joan Fontaine"



    ALMURIC by Howard, Robert E. (introduction by Joe R. Lansdale)

    West Kingston, Rhode Island: Donald M. Grant, 1975. 217 pp. First Hardcover Edition. Brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine; wraparound dustjacket painting and interior line drawings by David Ireland. Light rubbing at the corners of the dustjacket with a bit of fading on the spine; previous owner's name - retired radio personality Don Danard - on the front free endpaper; no other interior markings. Something rare from Howard, a full length novel. Earthman Esau Cairn, a fugitive on his native planet, is transported to Almuric, a barbaric and warlike planet of the remote solar system, where he becomes Esau Ironhand. Here, he is beset by apelike humans, winged demons, and a multitude of strange monsters. And his adventures are chronicled in the best Howard manner, full of swift and savage action against an incredible background.. First Printing - First Thus. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by David Ireland;. 8vo. Association Copy.



    The Fishes of Missouri by PFLIEGER, William L.

    4to. Pp. viii; 341. Edited by Mark Sullivan. Glossary. Thoroughly illustrated with depictions of fish species by Lynne Taylor, and with b&w and color photographic reproductions. Index. Endpaper maps. Bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering. Inscribed by the author to fellow American ichthyologist Ernest Lachner: "To Ernest A. Lachner, with best regards, William L. Pflieger." With two of Lachner's rubber stamp -- one on the front free endpaper, one on the fore edge. A thorough monograph, comprehensive and authoritative in approach, presented here in a handsome association copy. SIDD-YS-DW



    Rubáiyat of Omar Khayyam: the Astronomer - Poet of Persia by Fitzgerald, Edward; Porter Garnett & Edna Foote

    New York : Godfrey A. S. Wieners, 1902 Forest green decorated cloth. Association Copy. The writer & poet, Porter Garnett's wife's personal copy, in which Garnett wrote, signed, and dated a poem on the front free end page. Spine ends and corners frayed, lightly bumped, board edges rubbed, back end-page split but binding sound.



    Born of Man and Woman [Inscribed Association Copy] by MATHESON, Richard

    Philadelphia: Chamberlain Press. 1954. The author's first hardcover publication, a collection of stories with an introduction by Robert Bloch, later the author of Psycho. About 650 copies of this book had been distributed prior to a flood that destroyed the remaining bound copies, and a fire later destroyed the unbound sheets. Inscribed by Matheson to the horror writer Stanley Wiater, in 1992: "To Stanley -- with many thanks for the excellent interview in Dark Dreamers. Best always, Richard Matheson." Wiater's bookplate on front pastedown. Lower boards show some water damage, text block fine, but still only a good copy in a good, damp-stained dust jacket with effects mostly visible on verso and rear panel. Matheson's career began with placing short stories in the pulp magazines, and he later became one of the most important script writers for "The Twilight Zone." Ray Bradbury has called Matheson "one of the most important writers of the 20th century," and Stephen King cited him as "the author who most influenced me as a writer." A nice association copy. First Edition. Hardcover. Good.




    New York, 8 Dec. 1938. Letter. Normal creases from folding, about Fine. Superb and touching one-page letter in Kent's minuscule hand to his 25-year-old daughter Clara expressing his disappointment that she will not be spending Christmas with him. In full: "It was about 12 years ago when, out of consideration for your mother, I gave up claiming my family for Christmas Day and set New Years Day as our day for Christmas celebration. That this gave you children two Christmases we hoped was doubly nice for you; and that it gave us Christmas--though a week later--with my children was a happiness that we planned for and looked forward to. Only the absence far from home of Frances [his second wife whom he would divorce in 1939] or me or both of us has made a New Years' pass uncelebrated as the family Christmas. All this you know. And that, knowing it, you pass up your father's Christmas for a New Year at a friend's is something that I will not forget nor easily forgive. That Frances is deeply hurt at your 'previous engagement' when after two years of enforced absence she is at last home again and eager to make a Christmas for us all, is something I have read in her face as she read your letter. That is all I know about it. I will now wish you both a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year." SIGNED "Affectionately Father." The mixture of sadness and restrained anger is quite evident in this scarce and very personal autograph letter by one of the most famous American artists of the twentieth century. The bulk of Kent's papers were donated to the Smithsonian.



    Uganda for a Holiday by Treves, Sir Frederick

    Smith, Elder & Co.; London., 1910. Good. Lacking dust jacket. Publisher`s worn tan cloth with gilt lettering worn to front and spine and painted embossed illustration to front. A little edge-worn. Bookplate to front pastedown of hunter, naturalist, author and illustrator `Abel Chapman`. Chapmans` monogrammed penciled notes to front free endpaper and annotations to margins sporadically throughout. A clean, sound copy. Top edge gilt. 1st ed`, 1st` imp`. Association copy of Abel Chapman, as detailed in description. xi prelims & 230pp. . First printing. ASSOCIATION COPY. . Soft. 8vo. 9 1/2".. Good. Illus. by With 72 illustrations from potographs by the author, plus large fold-out map to rear..



    La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West, 2 volume set (France and England in North America, Part Third) by Francis Parkman

    Limited (1028/1200) 'Champlain Edition'; association copy. Near Fine HCs, no DJs. Green calico-grain cloth over boards with paper spine panel printed with red and black titles; top edge gilt; untrimmed fore edges; 2 color title page; laid paper; tissue-guarded frontispiece and interior plates. Bright, clean covers and spine; spine cloth slightly faded; paper label on spine age darkened but legible - new additional spine labels tipped in at rear end papers of each volume; volume 2 slightly bumped at cover top fore corners; tightly bound; bookplates on each front pastedown 'To | Ellsworth Bunker | with affecionate regards | from the American Red Cross Staff | December 31, 1956'; bright, clean interiors; many leaves unopened at fore edges - never been read. From the collection of Ellsworth Bunker (U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, Italy, India, Nepal, South Vietnam, Organization of American States; president of the American Red Cross; and twice recipient of U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom). 8vo, Paged 258, 267; 525 total pp; index; illustrated. (Volumes 5 + 6 of Parkman's Works).



    Woodland Gossip by Boyle, Mary Louisa

    London: Thomas McLean, 1864. First edition. Original green cloth with superb gilt illustrated cover and spine. ASSOCIATION COPY: Inscribed fon front pastedown, "Mrs. E.V. Boyle from M.L.B., 1865." Thus, presented from the author to her cousin and famed illustrator Eleanor V. Boyle. Three of the photographic illustrations (of which there are six, mounted sepia) are of illustrations by Eleanor Vere Boyle. AEG. A near fine copy of an extremely scarce and important book, made even more alluring by the presentation inscription.



    A girl of the eighties at college and at home : from the family letters of Charlotte Howard Conant and from other records by Conant, Charlotte Howard

    Houghton Mifflin company, 1/1/1931. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover. Hardcover and dust jacket. A few chips off dj. Bound in publisher's cloth. Good binding and cover. 261 pages illustrations 25 cm. Clean, unmarked pages. Association copy, includes hand written letter on the book, typed letter, and other related ephemera.



    On R. P. Blackmur / Language as Gesture & Essays by Kenneth Burke Marianne Moore Conrad Aiken John Crowe Ransome & Others / Mirage by [SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPY] BLACKMUR, R. P and Kenneth Burke, Marianne Moore, Conrad Aiken, John Crowe Ransom and Bradley Burg (W. S. Merwin)

    Edited by Paul Boorstin and Ints M. Silins. 16pp. Illustrated with calligraphic design on front cover, b&w photos of some authors within text. Designed by John Mason. Five contributors wrote pieces as a festschrift to Blackmur on the occasion of his recent death in February, 1965, three months before publication. In addition, Blackmur's seminal essay "Language as Gesture" is included along with his poem "Mirage." A well preserved copy from the library of W. S. Merwin, signed by Merwin on the title page. A scarce publication in any condition.


    CAD $225.00

    The Five Nations. by Kipling (Rudyard)

    NY: Doubleday, Page, 1903. First American edition. Green pictorial cloth, designed in black, lettered in gilt. Title page printed in black & red. Light shelf wear to tips, a bright and attractive copy, about fine. Inscribed from H. Morse Stephens to Dunning Rideout: "For Dunning Rideout / In memory of many happy days, / some spent with Kipling, at / Marysville, / From / H. Morse Stephens / 16 November 1903". Stephens was the founder of The Kipling Club, and was a historian and professor at the University of California. Dunning Rideout was a financier and capitalist, mayor of Marysville, California in the 1870s, later a prominent figure in the Republican Party. A nice association copy, and in unusually nice condition.



    The Place of Dead Roads [Inscribed Association Copy] by BURROUGHS, William S

    NY: Holt, Rinehart, Winston. (1983). The second volume of the trilogy that includes Cities of the Red Night and The Western Lands. This copy is inscribed by Burroughs to Peter Whitmer, "wishing every success on his Leary biography." Dated May 22, 1984, in Lawrence, Kansas. Whitmer is the author of Aquarius Revisited: Seven Who Created the Sixties Counterculture That Changed America; Burroughs and Leary were two of the seven. In his book, Whitmer recounts Burroughs grabbing this copy of The Place of Dead Roads from him during the interview and reading from page 128. Whitmer's notes on the rear pastedown and perhaps a dozen pages. Spine slanted and slight foxing to pages edges; near fine, lacking the dust jacket. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.



    PYTHONS AND THEIR WAYS (Famed British Zoologist Gerald Iles' copy) by Fitzsimons, F.W

    London; (1930): George G. Harrap & Co. First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Fine/Very Good. Octavo. An important work by this author who was the director of the Port Elizabeth Museum and Snake Park in Africa and was recognized as one of the greatest living authorities on snake poisons and their antidotes. This book is also from the library of Gerald Iles (1912-2004) with his signature on the front free endpaper. At the age of 21, Gerald was appointed zoo director of old Belle Vue Zoological Gardens after his father's retirement in 1933. He was probably the youngest zoological superintendent of all time and he became one of Britain's most respected zoologists. See his memoir; At Home in the Zoo". 154pp. (1)p. appendix, illustrated throughout by photographs, bound in red cloth, spine lettered in black; a fine copy in the very scarce, unclipped beige pictorial dust jacket, printed in blue; dust jacket is very good.



    The Venture. An Annual of Art and Literature. 1903. Compton Mackenzie association copy by Housman, Laurence; Maugham, W Somerset [eds.]

    London: John Baillie's / The Pear Tree Press. G : in good condition without dust jacket. Cover rubbed and darkened.. Mild foxing to endpapers. Prelim pages loosening. [1904]. First Edition. Quarter-cloth spine on illustrated grey papered boards. 260mm x 220mm (10" x 9"). 249pp. Woodcuts by Lucien Pissarro; Laurence Housman; Charles Ricketts; Paul Woodroffe et al. The first of only two issues of this annual to be printed. Contributors include: John Masefield; Thomas Hardy; G K Chesterton; Laurence Binyon and Havelock Ellis. Bookplate of Compton Mackenzie to front pastedown and his stamp to rear fep. .



    Hunting the Desert Whale (Inscribed Association copy) by Gardner, Erle Stanley (SIGNED)

    New York: Willima Morrow & Company, 1960. First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Fine/Near Fine. Quarto. SIGNED AND WARMY INSCRIBED TO DR. ROBERT P. BRITTAIN, life-long friend of Mr. Gardner and professor of Forensic Medicine at Leeds University, and frequent lecturer at the Homicide Investigation Seminar at the Harvard Medical School, where Gardner was often a pupil. Dr. Brittain was also dedicatee of Gardner's book "The Case of the One-eyed Witness" and, it was said, a remarkable lecturer; he was a lawyer as well as a Medical Doctor. A fine copy in a so near fine dust jacket. 208 pp.



    Rough Riders, The by Roosevelt, Theodore

    Charles Scribner`s Sons; New York., 1904. Good. No dust jacket. Publishers blue waxed cloth with gilt ruling to boards and lettering to spine. Minor edge-wear. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY AUTHOR to free front endpaper - reading "To Lady Sybil Grey with the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt, april 5th 1906". Hinge cracked betwixt frontispiece and title page. Title page - 2pp coming loose (all collated and present). Half title page a touch dog-eared. . First published in 1899. SIGNED INSCRIBED ASSOCIATION COPY.. Hard. 8vo. 8".. Good. Illus. by Profusely illustrated from b/w photographs throughout. .



    Lie Down in Darkness [Inscribed Association Copy w/ TNS] by STYRON, William

    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill. (1951). Styron's first book, inscribed to the writer Jonathan Carroll: "with best wishes/ William Styron/ 27 September 1971/ (Twenty years, to the month, after publication)." The date is also nine years before Carroll's first published book, The Land of Laughs. Laid in is a typed note signed by Styron in which he agrees to the signing; based on the address, Carroll would have been an English teacher at the time, in North Carolina. The book is unevenly sunned on the cloth and bears a few small stains; very good in a jacket with modest edge wear including one edge tear, and a vertical crease to the spine; still very good. The note is folded, else fine, with a chipped mailing envelope included. A nice association copy of an important first novel. Forty years after this inscription, on the occasion of Styron's death in 2011, Carroll wrote a blog post on his website, referring to Styron as a "great American novelist." First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.




    Toronto: William Briggs, [1903]., 1903. First edition. First edition. 8vo. Inked presentation inscription to Canadian Pacific Railway magnate Sir William "Billy" Van Horne "To Sir B. Van Horne with the compliments of the author. John R. Craig, Montreal, November 19th 1903." Pictorial cloth, vii [blank], 293 pp., preface, illustrated, plates, portraits, frontispiece. Six Score 25 says, "Craig was an American who became manager of the Oxley Ranch in the province of Alberta during the 1880s. The book recounts a classic example of absentee ownership [by the British lords and commons referred to in the title] and the subsequent mismanagement brought about by conflicts between Craig and the owners. This book and that by L.V. Kelly are the best two books on Canadian ranching. Craig was bitter about his experience and his narrative is one-sided. For the owner's side, see A. Staveley Hill's FROM HOME TO HOME." From the library of William "Billy" Van Horne, former President of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Van Horne was active in southern Alberta, completing the transcontinental railway and overseeing the construction of the Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta. Van Horne spent his later years in Montreal (where this book was inscribed), serving as a governor of McGill University from 1895 until his death. A wonderful association copy, inscribed to Van Horne in the year of publication, of an already scarce and important book on Canadian ranching. Top edges and fore-margins of most pages have a light, old water stain, cloth lightly rubbed, repair to cloth along the foot of spine, black & white coloring on the front cover is bright, as is spine panel, else an overall very good copy.



    The Sea is at Our Gates. the History of the Canadian Navy. Association Copy by German, Commander Tony

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Limited., 1990 First edition in hardcover with dust jacket. 360 pp. Illustrations, appendices, notes, bibliography, index. Fine/Fine.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. BC1-7 Bw8-8.



    The River-Names of Europe by Ferguson Robert

    London: Williams and Norgate, 1862. blue cloth sun-darkened, spine lettering faded, binding rebacked and strengthened, text block clean and sound. Interesting association copy, with ownership signatures of P. W. Joyce, author of Irish Names of Places, dated 1866 and George H. Petrie, dated 1891. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    An Infinite Summer [Signed, with ALS to John Fowles] by PRIEST, Christopher

    London: Faber and Faber. (1979). Signed by Priest, and with an autograph letter signed by Priest to John Fowles laid in, saying Faber was intending to send him a copy but Priest feared it would be misconstrued as a review solicitation, given the strong review Fowles had given a previous book [A Dream of Wessex], so Priest was sending a copy along himself so that it be received only as "inadequate appreciation for a lot of kind encouragement. You do not even have to read it! (However, if you have the time to glance through "The Negation" you might discover a fingerprint I put in for you....)" One may infer Priest means a metaphorical fingerprint, as no actual fingerprint is in evidence. An Infinite Summer is a collection of stories, including the first of his stories to feature the Dream Archipelago, which appears in a number of his works. Priest has won the James Tait Black Memorial Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the British Science Fiction Association's award for Best Novel four times. The book is fine in a fine dust jacket, with Fowles' blindstamp on the front flyleaf; the letter is folded to fit in the book, else fine. Fowles, in his A Dream of Wessex review, had called Priest "one of our most gifted young writers of science fiction...I think not only H.G. Wells but Thomas Hardy himself would have enjoyed and approved of it." A nice literary association copy between two highly regarded British writers. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine.



    Fossil Mammals from the Beginning of the Cenozoic in Brazil Condylarthra, Litopterna, Xenungulata, and Astrapotheria; Volume 99: Article 6, Volume 99, Issue 6 by Couto, Carlos de Paula

    American Museum of Natural History ( AMNH ), New York, 1952.. PAPERBACK. B00IGJ2B5Y 1952 first edition American Museum of Natural History (NY), 7 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches tall paperbound in blue printed wraps, 355-394 pp., plus 11 full-page plates. Mild sun fading to covers, especially along spine, with identifying number and prior owner name to front cover. Otherwise, a very good copy - clean, bright and unmarked. ~BB~ Association copy: The prior owner, Dr. Leonard Krishtalka, is a well known Vertebrate Paleobiologist who currently directs the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center at the University of Kansas. . Very Good. 1952. First Edition.

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